A narrow, rough side trail branched off the Pipiwai trail to the edge of this waterfall. It was dry and provided an interesting perspective to the canyon when we visited in 2005 as seen in the two upper photos. But it wasn’t such a good idea, and the photo from 2021 shows why. The perch in the upper left is covered by a couple of feet of rushing water that plunges 80 feet to the rocks below.
But if it is dry, what is the harm? Well, a few months after we posed on the brink, another couple did something similar, but they were swept over the falls by a flash flood that came roaring down the canyon unexpectedly. Upcountry weather is different than the lowland weather, and storms not seen below can suddenly send huge volumes of water down the canyons and falls below.
Don’t think we will try that sort of thing again.